Lice removal mousse and combs

Lice removal success starts with the right lice removal comb

What really is a great comb?  Plastic, Metal, Electric? Read on to find out!

Plastic Combs

When you purchase the products from the drug store they come with a plastic comb.  So naturally you figure that this is the best comb because it came in the package.  Right?  Wrong.  These plastic combs are absolutely useless.  The tines are too far apart to grab anything.  All they do is cause a great amount of frustration.  Most people then just use their fingernails to try and get the eggs out.  This makes this job longer than necessary and frustrating because you can’t get everything out. 

Electric Combs

Electric combs can have a place in the eradication of lice.  They zap the live lice which is fantastic BUT they do nothing in the removal of the eggs.  The excitement of getting the live lice is short lived when the realization that the infestation is still there when those eggs keep hatching.  These combs must be used on dry hair.  If the person starts to sweat you will hear zapping and then you think you are killing lice.  This may not be the case and if it is being used as a checking tool it can lead to a misdiagnosis of lice.  If you do have lice you will need to switch combs for the treatment.

Metal Combs

Not all metal combs are equal.  There are ones being sold in the drug stores which are better than the plastic combs but are not the great comb.   The drug store versions look like they would be good but again the tines aren’t close enough together. They do leave eggs behind therefore allowing the infestation to continue. Once again you will resort to using your fingernails which again not efficient or effective.

Lice Services Canada Comb—It’s truly a great comb

Our comb is unique in that not only all the tines close together they have a metal twist that goes down the tine.  This design allows the comb to remove the eggs from the hair shaft plus removing the lice.  By using this unique comb you can be successful in the eradication of lice.  This comb also can withstand the cleaning for multiply uses if you have more than 1 head to treat. 

Text or call 613-482-1432 to set up an appointment – we’ll remove any lice from your hair and eggs that have not yet hatched. You can then come back in a few days to have us remove the rest of the eggs or you can purchase one of our great combs and our professional solution – we’ll make sure you know how to use both!

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6 simple tips to avoid head lice

  1. DON’T SHARE!!  Don’t share your hats, scarves, hair brushes or hair accessories.  This is probably the most important thing to remind your children.  Children love to share so they do need frequent reminders.
  2. COVER THE SEATS:  This tip is often overlooked.  Going to the movie?  Heading out on an airplane?  If the seat is cloth cover it with your coat, sweater or scarf.  This will keep the lice away from your head.
  3. KEEP EVERYTHING SEPARATE:  When there are family gatherings or events people tend to pile their coats in one place. It’s a great way for a louse to land on your coat and go home with you.
  4. SLEEPOVERS:  They are fun and enjoyable but a great place to bring home unwanted friends.  Make sure your child brings their own pillow and sleeping bag.  Don’t forget to remind them not to share.  When they get home toss everything in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes just in case.
  5. CHECK YOUR CHILD’S HEAD:  We all get busy but this should be a weekly routine.  Take a few minutes and check.  A great way to start before you touch the hair is look at the crown of the head.  If there are any bugs you’ll probably see them there.  Once you start to move the hair they will scurry away.  The best way to check is to use Lice Services Comb, check the hot spots, behind the ears, nape of the neck and the bangs.
  6. PREVENTATIVE SPRAYS:  These are great to use when your child is heading out to school or to a sleepover.  Sprays like Lice Services Canada Repel have a mint scent that lice don’t like.  Remember adding a scent or buying scented shampoos don’t work because the scent usually washes down the drain when you rinse it out. 

Lice removal success starts with the right lice removal comb

What really is a great comb?  Plastic, Metal, Electric? Read on to find out!

Plastic Combs

When you purchase the products from the drug store they come with a plastic comb.  So naturally you figure that this is the best comb because it came in the package.  Right?  Wrong.  These plastic combs are absolutely useless.  The tines are too far apart to grab anything.  All they do is cause a great amount of frustration.  Most people then just use their fingernails to try and get the eggs out.  This makes this job longer than necessary and frustrating because you can’t get everything out.

Electric Combs

Electric combs can have a place in the eradication of lice.  They zap the live lice which is fantastic BUT they do nothing in the removal of the eggs.  The excitement of getting the live lice is short lived when the realization that the infestation is still there when those eggs keep hatching.  These combs must be used on dry hair.  If the person starts to sweat you will hear zapping and then you think you are killing lice.  This may not be the case and if it is being used as a checking tool it can lead to a misdiagnosis of lice.  If you do have lice you will need to switch combs for the treatment.

Metal Combs

Not all metal combs are equal.  There are ones being sold in the drug stores which are better than the plastic combs but are not the great comb.   The drug store versions look like they would be good but again the tines aren’t close enough together. They do leave eggs behind therefore allowing the infestation to continue. Once again you will resort to using your fingernails which again not efficient or effective.

Lice Services Canada Comb—It’s truly a great comb

Our comb is unique in that not only all the tines close together they have a metal twist that goes down the tine.  This design allows the comb to remove the eggs from the hair shaft plus removing the lice.  By using this unique comb you can be successful in the eradication of lice.  This comb also can withstand the cleaning for multiply uses if you have more than 1 head to treat.

Text or call 613-482-1432 to set up an appointment – we’ll remove any lice from your hair and eggs that have not yet hatched. You can then come back in a few days to have us remove the rest of the eggs or you can purchase one of our great combs and our professional solution – we’ll make sure you know how to use both!

Kids laying on ice

Best treatments for lice: Don’t fall for a Pinterest fail!

Here at Lice Services Canada, we’ve seen it all and heard it all from our customers. Many consider coming to us as a last resort when everything else has failed. What is everything else? These are ‘recommended remedies’, ‘no-fail’ treatments, and ‘easy DIY cures’ that usually only make the situation worse.

We have a list of myths on our website that you can download but these are the most common stories we hear.

“The lice removal product has to be strong for it to work.”

Nope. The best way to remove lice is to physically remove the lice and eggs with a special comb. We only use the best comb on the market. Lice Services Canada follows up this practice with a non-toxic product that won’t cause additional harm, and helps to guarantee removal.

“If we shave everyone’s head, it will automatically get rid of the lice.”

Seriously? You’re going to shave everyone’s head? Including your own? Did you know that lice can live in as little as 2 mm of hair? It’s simply no worth that kind of drastic measure when you can simply call Lice Services Canada who will share their knowledge and expertise to help you make a much better decision. Before resorting to a whole new look, there are other options.

“A hot shower will get rid of lice. I just need to make sure we’re clean.”

Contrary to popular belief, lice actually prefer clean heads. Lice can also live in water for up to 8 hours.  The reality is that there is no rhyme or reason to getting lice. So before you decide to stop showering altogether, give Lice Services Canada a call.

“Mayonnaise is a natural way to get rid of lice.”

Mayonnaise is a natural way to get salmonella and you’ll still be infested with lice. Bacteria in mayonnaise doubles every 20 minutes when exposed to the heat from your child’s head resulting in dangerously high levels of microorganisms sitting on the open sores from the lice bites on his/her scalp. Don’t waste food or time, go to www.liceservicescanada.com to find out how to safely and effectively get rid of lice.

Don’t fall for these and if you suspect you or your child has lice, just give us a call at 613-482-1432. We can help.

Natural lice removal products versus pesticides: What you need to know

When the realisation hits that lice has invaded your child’s head, the natural instinct is to rush to the pharmacy and buy the strongest lice remover possible, to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately that instinct can lead to buying products that have pesticides and chemicals in them. And, they just don’t work as there are no store-bought treatments that will kill all the eggs, no matter what they claim. The eggs must be manually removed with an effective comb. Otherwise, the lice will just return.

Lice Services Canada, uses the best method to remove head lice and eggs by using a safe and effective enzyme based treatment appropriate for all ages, and a great comb. This combination guarantees lice removal.

Lice removal can be time consuming. Our experts have over 50 years combined experience in lice removal. That means we have the method to ensure you are lice free quickly and efficiently. We have a centrally located clinic and a mobile team for your convenience. We have an exclusive line of natural products plus our comb which is the best on the market.

Not sure it is lice?  Take a picture and send it to Lice Services Canada for a free diagnosis or call 613-482-1432 and we will happily share all our expertise with you.

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Lice Removal Services in Ottawa, voted by Top Choice

Winner Of Top Choice Awards for Best Lice Removal Services in Ottawa

We are excited to learn that we are one of the winners of the Top Choice Awards. Thank you to Ottawa & to all our clients for voting Lice Services Canada as the #1 lice removal company in the Ottawa area. We cannot thank you enough! Congrats to everyone who won!

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We are so proud to announce that Lice Services Canada is an Official 2019 Top Choice Award Nominee!

Thank you to all of those who have taken the time to nominate us! Now, we need your help to WIN! Voting is now open and if you feel that we have earned your vote, we would appreciate you taking the time to vote for us. Winning the Top Choice Award is one of the largest endorsements a business can receive within North America & Europe, so this is a BIG deal!

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Tea Tree Oil and Head Lice

Tea Tree Oil and Head Lice

There are lots of home remedies out there.  Just check the internet but how many work?  Let’s talk tea tree oil and head lice.  We have had many clients say they have used tea tree oil because they didn’t want to use drug store products.  It is great that they were trying to avoid using products that just don’t work and can be harmful to your family.  These clients experience with tea tree oil failed and ended up coming to us for service.  The bottom line is tea tree oil just doesn’t work for treating head lice.

Tea tree oil also known as Melaleuca alternifolia has been used for head lice over the years.  Many people have said using this works in treating head lice.  Yes, tea tree oil does play a role in prevention but not in the treatment of lice.

It is important to realize the difference between a treatment and prevention using tea tree oil.   If you have lice and use tea tree oil the lice will not leave your head because they don’t like the scent.   It does not have anything in it to work as a smothering agent.  People will apply it and leave it on thinking it will suffocate the lice.  This is not the case and it does nothing to get rid of lice and eggs.

The active lice fighting ingredient that is tea tree oil and the lice have built a resistance.  This is because lice have built a resistance to common insecticides such as permethrin which is in various products you can purchase from the drug store.  The bottom line is that tea tree oil as a treatment doesn’t work.

Does tea tree oil work as a preventative? The answer is yes.  Mixing tree oil with water and spritzing on your childs when there is an outbreak at school,  daycare or camp does help.  Though you do have to remember nothing is 100% but it is a scent that the lice don’t like.  Some people put it in shampoo or buy tea tree oil shampoo.  This is a waste of money as when you rinse the hair the scent goes down the drain.  A scent will last up to six hours, so you want to spritz your childs head, coat and backpack just before they head out the door.

The bottom line is that treating head lice with tea tree oil doesn’t work but you can use it as a preventative.  Please note that tea tree oil is poisonous and must be diluted for use.  If you are looking for an alternative to make your own preventative use mint or lavender oil.  It is important to check weekly so that if your child does get head lice you will be able to take care of it quickly.  Not sure your child has lice?  Lice Services Canada can help.   Call 613-482-1432.

7 reason why you should use natural, pesticide-free lice shampoo.

Why Choose Pesticide Free Head Lice Shampoo?

Why? Because children of any age or size are vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides. They also often have pregnant or nursing mothers who should never be exposed to pesticide treatments either by applying them to themselves or to others.

Why? Because too many people, unfortunately, overuse pesticide/drugstore products out of fear and frustration without adequate warning of the risks to themselves and the environment.

Why? Because each of us has our own unique vulnerabilities. Pesticide products can accumulate in the human body and they are not necessarily washed away at the end of the treatment, as people would like to think.

Why? Because the overuse of lice products can predispose a person to adverse reactions with even one additional chemical exposure.

Why? Because it’s not worth taking unnecessary risks when the bottom line will always be the manual removal of lice and nits.

Why? Because none of the available pesticide/drugstore product treatments are 100% effective.  Many of these products claim to kill the lice and eggs but there is nothing on the market that kills the eggs.  You must manually remove all the eggs to be successful.

Why? Because everyone needs a non-pesticide way to screen and detect head lice early and remove them safely and effectively. Using Lice Services Canada professional nit comb is a great checking and removal tool to use.

 

Lice Services Canada only uses non-pesticide natural lice products.  These products and our skilled technicians will ensure that all lice and eggs will be removed safely and effectively.  Call us for details at 613-482-1432.

What are Lice, louse, nymph, nits eggs?

Nits? Nymphs? Louse? Lice? OH MY!

Nits? Nymphs? Louse? Lice? Oh My!

One of the most frustrating things about lice is the terminology around it.  Lice, louse, nymph, nits, eggs?  What the heck is all of this?  With the confusion of what is what is also leads to misunderstandings, myths circulating, and unsuccessful treatments being done.  Let’s go through the proper terminology so that you can know what is happening and get the right answers for lice treatment that will be successful.

Louse—It is one bug and it can be male or female.  A female adult louse will lay 3-5 eggs/day during her 30-day lifetime.

Lice —It is the plural louse.

Nymphs—They are the newly hatched lice.  Babies and they need 1 week to mature into an adult.  When first hatched they will stay near where they were hatched to feed.  They have 3 stages to go through before becoming an adult but.  When first hatched they are very, very tiny and translucent. Their colour will change as they feed and start to grow.

Nits—This is where a lot of the confusion comes in.  Many people think the eggs are called nits.  Some people think the lice are called nits.  A nit is an empty egg.  It is left behind on the hair shaft after the louse has hatched.  This empty egg isn’t white, but it is a translucent colour and will still be attached to the hair shaft.

Eggs—This is the right term for a louse egg that has not been hatched.  It takes 7 days for an egg to hatch.  Eggs are glued to one side of the hair shaft, are tear-shaped and brownish/caramel in colour.  Eggs are located very close to the scalp.

Now that you know the right terminology you can make informed decisions on lice removal and treatment.  It is important to know what treatments are effective and treatments just don’t work.   Many products will confuse you with their claims about killing nits or eggs   There are no products on the market that kill eggs though that is what is stated on many products you buy in the drug store.  There are many myths about treatment which can be found on our Myth Page.   It is important that when you discover lice that you don’t panic and do the research and get the right information on lice removal.

We recommend natural products and professional lice combs to safely treat your family.  If you don’t have time we can do it for you at our clinic or in your home.  Call 613-482-1432 for details.